Fijian History

Historical Events

  • 1874-10-10 Fiji becomes a British possession
  • 1879-05-14 The first group of 463 Indian indentured labourers arrive in Fiji aboard the Leonidas
  • 1970-10-10 Fiji gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1981-08-16 Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)
  • 1987-05-21 Military coup in Fiji under Lt. Col Sitivani Rabuka
  • 1987-09-25 Major General Sitiveni Rabuka stages a second Fijian coup and declares Fiji a republic
  • 1987-10-01 Fiji's constitution is suspended
  • 1987-10-06 Military coup leader Maj-Gen Sitiveni Rabuka declares Fiji a republic
  • 1988-09-23 Fiji's new constitution is proposed
  • 2001-03-23 The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji
  • 2006-12-05 Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrows the government in Fiji.
  • 2012-03-31 Fiji Floods kill 2 people and force thousands to be evacuated
  • 2012-12-16 4 people are killed after Cyclone Evan strikes Fiji
  • 2014-09-17 Voreqe Bainimarama's Fiji First Party wins the first Fijian elections since his coup in 2006
  • 2016-02-12 Fiji becomes the first country to ratify the UN climate deal (signed Paris, December 2015)
  • 2016-02-20 Tropical Cyclone Winston hits Fiji, killing at least 29 - most powerful storm on record in Southern Hemisphere winds 296 kilometers per hour (184 mph)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1920-05-13 Ratu Kasmisere Mara, Fijian tribal chief, first Prime Minister of Fiji (1970-92) President (1994-2000), born in Lomaloma, Colony of Fiji (d. 2004)
  • 1931-01-04 Adi Lady Lala Mara, First Lady of Fiji (d. 2004)
  • 1951-10-10 Epeli Ganilau, Fijian soldier and politician (National Alliance Party of Fiji)

Vijay Singh

1963-02-22 Vijay Singh, Fijian golfer (Masters 2000, PGA C'ship 1998, 2004), born in Lautoka, Fiji

  • 1967-06-12 Neil Maxwell, Fijian cricketer (all-rounder for Fiji 1990, Victoria & NSW), born in Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji
  • 1968-05-20 Waisale Serevi, Fijian rugby union and rugby sevens footballer, born in Suva, Fiji
  • 1971-01-04 Richard Chee Quee, Australian-Chinese cricketer (NSW opening batsman Fiji/Chin ancestry), born in Camperdown, Australia
  • 1982-10-15 Paulini [Pauline Curuenavuli], Fijian-Australian singer, born in Suva, Fiji

Famous Weddings

Tony Hawk

2006-01-12 Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk (37) weds Lhotse Merriam at Tavarua Island Resort in Fiji

  • 2006-05-07 Actress Tori Spelling (32) weds actor Dean McDermott (39) at Wakaya Club in Wakaya Island, Fiji

Famous Deaths

  • 1989-11-25 Ratu Sir George Cakobau, Fiji cricketer/Gov-General, dies
  • 1993-12-16 Ratu Penaia Ganilau, president of Fiji (1987-93), dies at 75
  • 2004-04-18 Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, Fijian tribal chief, first Prime Minister of Fiji (1970-92) President of Fiji (1994-2000), dies at 83
  • 2004-07-20 Adi Lady Lala Mara, Fiji chieftainess, wife of Kamisese Mara (b. 1931)